Learn a vast repertoire of forró steps and variations.

Develop your dance technique and style.

Explore your musicality.


  • All levels welcomed.*

  • Focus on the individual. No partner needed.

  • For leaders and followers.

  • Participants have access to:

    • 24 double classes recorded live (more than 35 hours of content)

    • 80+ Recapitulation short videos (movement by movement)

    • Additional content.

    • Bonus: Access to Forró Workout.

    • Bonus: Access to Course for Beginners

    • Bonus: Access to Weekly replays (from live classes)

    • Bonus (soon!): Access to a series of special classes with guest instructors recorded in Brazil.

* If this is your first time dancing forró, we recommend you to start with the Course for Beginners.


  • Repertoire of moves:

    • Basics (including 1-1, 2-2, front&back, back step, cross footwork, walks)

    • Variations (many different ways of executing and ornamenting all basic steps)

    • Xique-xique, repique & miudinho

    • Turns (pião, half turns, in line, in orbiting motion, side turns, in 5 & 7 steps)

  • Technique

  • Musicality

    • Understand forró rhythms and how to use them in your dance

    • Explore all steps from the repertoire of moves part of the class in relationship to the music

  • Style and Creativity


This is a list of the main themes explored in each class.

(Additional complementary topics are also discussed during class)

Repertoire of moves and technique

  • CLASS 01 - Introduction

  • CLASS 02 - Balance, weight transfer e foot position

  • CLASS 03 - The smallest unit - the evolution of steps (focus on side steps)

  • CLASS 04 - Front & Back variations

  • CLASS 05 - Backstep (open position) variations

  • CLASS 06 - Cross footwork variations

  • CLASS 07 - Xaxado

  • CLASS 08 - Half turns (for close position)

  • CLASS 09 - Front & Back variations (with walks and added steps)

  • CLASS 10 - Front & Back roots variations (with cross footwork)

  • CLASS 11 - Xique-xique basics

  • CLASS 12 - Hold and fake continuations

  • CLASS 13 - Cycle of simple turns in orbiting motion

  • CLASS 14 - Hip movements

  • CLASS 15 - Full tuns together (pião)

  • CLASS 16 - Added beats ornaments to the fundamental movement

  • CLASS 17 - Xique-xique variations

  • CLASS 18 - Inverted turns

  • CLASS 19 - Side turns

  • CLASS 20 - Multiple steps and turns (5 and 7 steps turns)

  • CLASS 21 - Repique

  • CLASS 22 - Miudinho

  • CLASS 23 - Final recap - basic step variations, walks and turns together

  • CLASS 24 - Final recap - turns and the cycle of turns

Musicality, style, creativity, and expression

  • CLASS 01 - Introduction

  • CLASS 02 - Music count VS dance count, use of arms introduction

  • CLASS 03 - Understand transitions & Inverting strong beats

  • CLASS 04 - Simplify to be able to develop style and musicality

  • CLASS 05 - Rhythms of forró

  • CLASS 06 - Playing with the melody

  • CLASS 07 - Musical form, predicting transitions

  • CLASS 08 - Breaks

  • CLASS 09 - Preparing transitions

  • CLASS 10 - The forró "claves" - Syncopated rhythms

  • CLASS 11 - Rodão tips & tricks

  • CLASS 12 - Using repeated steps to invert beats / body angles

  • CLASS 13 - Musical body: isolating movements

  • CLASS 14 - Musical hips / Connected body

  • CLASS 15 - Silence/break VS Hold, Syncopated steps

  • CLASS 16 - Preparing for breaks and re-starts

  • CLASS 17 - Creating a focus on your movements

  • CLASS 18 - Movements in counterpoint

  • CLASS 19 - Playful posture / Playing with heights

  • CLASS 20 - Exploring the contrast

  • CLASS 21 - Practice and Q&A

  • CLASS 22 - Practice and Q&A

  • CLASS 23 - Final recap - musicality and style 1

  • CLASS 24 - Final recap - musicality and style 2



Rafael Piccolotto de Lima is an experienced forró dancer from Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil). He has been dancing for more than 14 years and was part of the Forró Brasil dance group between 2006 and 2007, held at Cooperativa Brasil, one of the most important forró venues in the state of São Paulo (in the 2000s).

Being a Latin Grammy-nominated composer, conductor, and doctor of musical arts, Rafael was also an instructor for special workshops about musicality and creativity in forró dance at Casa do Lago, UNICAMP (State University of Campinas), Brazil.

Rafael is one of the most active forró instructors in North America, teaching weekly in New York City and traveling to give special workshops. He was an instructor at the Forró Fest USA (2017, 2018 and 2019), 4th Boston Brazil Dance Festival (2017), an instructor at the NY Forró Fest (2018 and 2019), instructor and creator of the Forrobodó NY Festival (2018), an instructor at the Montreal Forró Fest (2019) and instructor and director of the Forró New York Weekend (2019).

Rafael is also one of the leading online forró instructors in North America with the creation of various online courses available here at Forró New York.


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I’ve been taking dancing classes my whole life and nothing compares to what I’ve been learning with Rafael. I believe that because he’s a composer and a conductor and his approach to music and rhythm is completely different to what is out there and it has changed the way I dance forever. Not only the way I dance forró, but everything. It changed my perspective. On top of the an amazing classes, the environment is fun, people are awesome. You learn a skill at the same time you make friends for life. Highly recommended!

Lívia Silva


I didn’t know what to expect when I started taking online classes with Rafael. It was hard to imagine how to learn a couple’s dance virtually. I can tell it has been a beautiful experience. Rafael knows how to explain complex concepts in a simple way, and in every class he gives us elements to build new vocabulary in our dance. I think that because he is a musician, he understands the dance from the inside out. It feels like he is teaching us how to perform individual notes and, then it is to us to put them together and create new “music” with our bodies and feet. 


Rafael makes the classes interactive and fun. We can always ask questions and get feedback. Thank you so much Rafael. I love your classes!

Angelica Vargas Prada



I really enjoy Rafa's classes because he teaches different techniques and different steps in a way that is very easy to understand. And because of his background as a musician, he is great at teaching musicality and how to express ourselves with our bodies. I fully recommend this class, 100%!

Elaine Simon


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